Almost all businesses can agree employing young, vivacious workers has its perks, especially in fast-paced technology-driven industries. While the ability to operate a computer once separated applicants from the pack, writing "computer literate" on a resume nowadays seems like a joke more than a serious attribute. Of course you should know how to use a computer. It's 2015.
But a company's unspoken demand that its employees be tech savvy out of the gate has been met with demands of their own. According to BusinessNewsDaily, the Gen Y and millennial workforce is pushing back, encouraging its employers to take greater risks with their office technology. What should a business do when its workforce calls for an office technology upgrade?
"Organizations considering BYOD policies should understand what they're getting into."
Work from home
Maybe your company models itself after Google's interior design: bright, colorful, clean and inviting. The couches in the break room are plush and the free coffee is imported. The bathroom never runs out of toilet paper. Unfortunately, for some employees nothing beats working from the comfort of their own bed or back porch.
Based on U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 4.2 million employees joined the work-from-home revolution between 1997 and 2010. Additionally, the number of employees who strictly do business from the home is more than twice as high as the number of people who bounce between the house and a standard office environment. Experts agree, this trend will not be bottoming out any time soon.
So if your employees want a work-from-home option, business leaders will need to assess what kind of IT investments would ensure efficient and reliable workflow. For example, if your office uses on-site servers, the IT department should consider cloud-enabled retrofits. This technology can allow employees remote access while retaining the security of an on-site physical dedicated server.
The bring-your-own-device movement can no longer be called a "trend" as it appears we as a society will never get over it.
As such, organizations considering adopting BYOD policies should understand what they're getting into. At the surface level, the idea of an employee using his or her own touch-screen laptop, tablet or smartphone to do work saves the company the trouble of buying one itself. However, this faulty logic collapses when you think about the networks required to enable these heterogeneous technologies to coexist and cooperate. Moreover, securing these individual devices before they are lost, stolen or retired can feel like more of a headache than they're actually worth.
In the end, Forbes recommends collaborating with employees, but ultimately relying on a CIO or a CTO to declare what mobile technology the company should purchase in bulk. Depending on how your business handles its equipment financing, having a uniform approach could save you a considerable amount of money.
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